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FEBRUARY 2, 2009 (MON)/ #1A HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVALS WITH TOKYO & SAITAMA TPUR #1A 10D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #1A

Departure Date FEBRUARY 2, 2009 (MON)
Tour Guide
Air JAPAN AIRLINES
TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: JANUARY 18, 2009 (SUN) 12:00PM NOON at TOKAI INT\\\'L COLLEGE CAFETERIA
PLACE: Hawaii Tokai International College Cafeteria
2241 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT
(LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 1/2HOURS)

Itinerary
FEB, 02(MON) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int\'l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.
FEB. 03(TUE) NARITA/TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL
Arrive at Narita Int\'l Airport and after governmnet formalities, transfer by bus to your hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located within walking distance to the Ikebukuro Shopping District.
FEB. 04(WED)TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITNA HOTEL
Whole Day Saitama Tour. Go to enjoy \"Strawberry Picking\"! Good chance to \"Taste the Delicious Fresh Japanese Strawberries\"! Annually the strawberry season in Japan starts from January. Then, visit Omiya Bonsai Mura(village). Bonsai is a piece of raw nature in minature. The village is truly a wonderland for not only Bonsai lovers, but also people throughout Japan and overseas. We will visit a big AEON Shopping Complex for lunch and shopping. Then head to Kawagoe City, often called \"Koedo\"(Small Edo). You will pass a warehouse with old style architecture on both sides of it. Go to see the Matsuri Museum with displays of huge floats ans dee a short movie of the Kawagoe Festival. Also get a chance to shop at \"KashiyaYokocho\", a small alley that carries snacks made of sweet potatoe, dried natto, etc. Later return back to the hotel, so you can relax in your room or go shopping near the hotel at the numerous department stores and smaller shops.
FEB. 05(THU) HANEDA, TOKYO HANEDA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Tokyo City Tour. Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Governmant Office. Go up to the observatory on the 45th floor that overlooks the whole Tokyo area and Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Then, proceed to one of Tokyo\'s most interesting tourist spots, Asakusa, to brouse around the Nakamise Shopping Market. This street is lined with colorful and lively stalls. After lunch, visit Tokyo Edo Museum, located next to the Kokugikan Sumo Arena where Sumo Wrestling matches take place. This museum is a wonderful place to get a feel for Tokyo\'s history and culture. It has displays and a replica of Edo until the Tokyo Period. Also make a stop at Ameya-Yokocho Shopping Street, which is lined with many stores. Enjoy shopping for fried seafood, etc. in its lively atmosphere. Later proceed to Haneda and our hotel eonnected to the Haneda Airport Terminal Building.
FEB. 06(FRI) HAKODATE LOISIR HOTEL HAKODATE
Walk to the Haneda Air Terminal Check-in counter(connecting building), to catch a domestic flight to the southern tip of Hokkaido, Hakodate. Upon arrival, go to the shoe store to buy your snowshoes. After dinner,(for those who wish to), go up to Mt. Hakodate by cable car to see a \"Night view\" of Hakodate City. Hakodate\'s Night View is considered to be \"one of the 3 best night views in the world\", along with one in Naples and one in Hong Kong.
FEB. 07(SAT) LAKE TOYA TOYA KANKO HOTEL(ONSEN)
In the morning browse around the Hakodate Morning Market, located within easy walking distance from our hotel. Here you can enjoy shopping fro Dried Seafood at its many stores, and experience the active and vibrant atmosphere. Later visit Goryokaku Park, Japan\'s first western-style fort, which now functions as a park with a 5-pointed star shape. From the 320 ft. high New Observatory Tower, that opened on April 1, 2006, you can enjoy a \"Marvelous view of the huge star rimmed park and a whole view of Hakodate City covered with snow\". Later proceed to Lake Onuma to see the Onuma Hakadate Snow and Ice Festival. You can see various snow statues built by public participants of the snow statue competition. Here, you will also get a chance to \"Experience Riding the Snowmobile, or Sledding\"(Optional). Our hotel is located by beautiful Lake Toya. You will be able to enjoy the lakeside \"Fireworks Display\" from your hotel room in the evening. You can dine wearing the Yukata(If you wish) and a good chance to try the soothing \"HOT SPRING BATH\" and \"OPEN AIR BATH(Rotenburo)\", with a good view of the lake. Lake Toya Onsen is one of the best spa resorts in Hokkaido. You will also get a chance to \"experience sleeping on a Tatami Floor with typical Japanese bedding\". {SORRY, NO WESTERN ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS HOTEL}!
FEB. 08(SUN) TOMAKOMAI GRAND HOTEL NEW OJI
Proceed to still active Showa Shinzan Volcano, the newest volcano in Japan, and designated as a Special National Treasure in 1957. Later we will visit a Bear Farm, where you can \"try feeding them an apple\". The bears here will usually \"stand up and beg for the apple before you give it to them\". Then to Noboribetsu, one of Hokkaido\'s leading tourist destinations. Visit a symbol of Noboribetsu, \"Hell Valley\", the crater of a volcano that erupted 10,000 years ago. Steam and sases \"vigorously blow up from the crevasses of the exposed orange-tan rocks, showing the magnificent energy of the earth\". Later visit Hokkaido\'s largest Ainu Village at Shiraoi Town. Ainu Culture and Lifestyle is shown in and outdoor reproduction of a small Ainu Village. Also enjoy seeing Ainu Ritual and Dance.
FEB. 09(MON) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Head to Lake Shikotsu, to see it\'s popular \"Hyoto Mtsuru\"(Festival). About 40 Ice Sculptures create a \"Fantasy World Display\". Next proceed to Chitose City to visit the Salmon Aquarium. Then go to Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido. We will visit Chitosetsuru Sake Museum to see the insides of the actual brewing process of this brewery in operation. \"Also Try th Refreshing Taste of Fresh Sake\"! :ater, we will pass-by the symbolof Sapporo, \"Clock Tower\", and visit Ikurayama Ski Jump Stadium, the 300 feet high Ski Jump Competition Site of the 1972 Winter Olympics. After dinner, visit the \"60th Anniversary Sapporo Snow Festival\" Site at Odori Park. Enjoy the Night View of the Snow Statues and Ice Statues with beautiful illumination, by subway. {OPTIONAL: For Those Who Wish To}. Our hotel is located close to the Underground Shopping Arcade and Department Stores.
FEB. 10(TUE) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Visit Odori Park to see teh day view of the famous 60th Sapporo Snow Festival Site. It is an internationally known event with gigantic snow statues and hundreds of medium sized, and small statues of snow and ice. Then to the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market to enjoy shopping for some local, dried seafood. Next proceed to the AEON Shopping Complex for lunch and shopping.
FEB. 11(WED) HONOLULU
MEALS END AFTER BREAKFAST AT SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL. At check-out time, our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage\'s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, procee to New Chitose Airport to catch a domestic flight to Narita Int\'l Airport. In the evening, transfer to a connecting flight to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, FEBRUARY 11, 2009(WEDNESDAY). after clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2009 TOHOKU TRAVEL\'S HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVAL WITH TOKYO AND SAITAMA TOUR #1A! Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining train, plane and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually, but no later than 3 months from day of departure. Weekend returns will cost more. Yokohama travel. inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually, and around $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

Destnations
TOKYO/HAKODATE/LAKE TOYA/TOMAKOMAI/SAPPORO